36 months
15359 GBP/year
4380 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The mission of the Psychology programme at Heriot-Watt University is to create and exchange knowledge that benefits society, and in keeping with this, our psychology research examines and offers solutions for many different global challenges.


For example, it can help us understand how learners of different ages and with different levels of ability can be better supported, and show us how coaching, training and engagement can enhance performance, productivity or wellbeing.

Our research  from the Psychology programme at Heriot-Watt University can also help to diagnose and support people with mental health conditions, and improve cognitive and psychological health and wellbeing across the life course.


  • Cognition, Brain and Behaviour: Our brains and cognitive abilities develop from childhood through to old age. Research within this theme explores those changes in healthy children and adults, as well as developmental conditions, dementia and stroke. Research spans from language to social cognition, including memory, motor control and body representation. A strong aspect of this theme is theoretically-informed translational interventions, making use of state-of-the-art multidisciplinary techniques such as robotics and virtual reality.
  • Lifespan Health and Wellbeing: Issues explored in psychology are inherently linked to wellbeing across the lifespan, affecting fields from education to health. Research in this theme explores health-promotion activities in children and adolescents, healthy ageing and mental health issues in developmental conditions.
  • Work, Society and Environment: Findings from psychology can impact people and society in a number of ways. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, research in this theme explores behaviour in the workplace, assessing risk in the environment, and interventions to improve workplace performance.

Programme Structure

Research in psychology at Heriot-Watt University is grouped by three main themes:

  • Cognition, brain and behaviour
  • Lifespan health and wellbeing
  • Work, society and environment.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applications will be reviewed within the department with a shortlisting decision made based on qualifications, the suitability of the research proposal and the availability of a supervisory team. 
  • Applicants must have the equivalent of a first or upper second class honours undergraduate degree in psychology or related discipline. A masters degree (with a dissertation mark of 65% or higher) or relevant research experience may also be required. 
  • Research Proposal (max. 1500 words):On the front page of your research proposal, please ensure that you state the relevant project reference.
  • Academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • If you have references available these should be submitted with your application.  If they are not currently available please ensure that you provide the names and contact details, including email addresses, of two academic referees on the application form.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15359 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15359 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4380 GBP per year during 36 months.


  • UK/EU:  £2,190
  • Overseas: £7,680

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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